Eph.5:15-16 “So be careful how you live; be mindful of your steps. Don’t run around like idiots as the rest of the world does. Instead, walk as the wise! Make the most of every living and breathing moment because these are evil times” (Voice).
Talking to different people from different backgrounds, at different stages in life and one thing that is common to everyone I speak to whether it is a child, a teenager, an adult, male or female, everyone has a dream. Everyone has something in their heart that they want to achieve. There is something that they believe God has put in their heart that they want to pursue. That is a gift from God, and it is something God expects us to birth. Unfortunately, in many cases those dreams do not come to fruition. People have dreams for their families, their finances, their children, or even for their nation but the dream does not come to fruition. God cannot be happy about that.
While we advocate that people should take time out to focus on gratitude, one of the best ways to say ‘thank You’ to God, is to utilize the gifts He has given you. Imagine giving your child a dress you spent a lot of money to buy and the child never wants to touch or wear the dress. That certainly will not make you happy. But if the child always wants to wear the dress and looks good in the dress, that is the best way the child can say ‘thank you’. The best way we can say ‘thank You’ to God is to be productive with our lives. The best way we can say ‘thank You’ to God is for Him to look at us, what He has given us, what He expects from us and He is able to say, ‘You have done well, well-done!’ A productive soul is a soul that is filled with and communicates gratitude. A productive soul is a grateful soul.
Eph.5:15-16 “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” (emphasis added). There are visions that God has given you and God wants you to make the most of that opportunity. There are things that you can see, and you desire for it to happen, God wants you to seize it and make the most of the opportunity. There is a king in Scripture, and he is one of the kings that I like because he reminds me of the typical Christian of our day and his name is Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat loves God and has a heart for God, but he always finds himself in the wrong places and with the wrong set of people. And it may look like he always gets away with it, but Jehoshaphat is one king that could have been like David. Jehoshaphat did not fulfil his potential because he always had strange partnerships. Jehoshaphat had a covenant with God, but his best friends were people that did not want to have anything to do with God. So, Jehoshaphat struggled to fulfil his potential.
1 Kings 22:48 “Now Jehoshaphat built a fleet of trading ships to go to Ophir for gold, but they never set sail–they were wrecked at Ezion- Geber.” (NIV). Jehoshaphat had an objective, a dream, a vision, and it was specific – to go to Ophir. But the ship never set sail and one of the major reasons was the people he chose to partner with, the kings he choose to be his allies. I pray that your own ship will set sail in the Name of Jesus. You will fulfil your destiny in the Name of Jesus.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, please help me make the most of every opportunity, in Jesus Name. Amen!